5 tips on how to win your first Muay Thai inter club – Phillip Lai

164252_10151947789268438_2079069922_nSo you’ve been training for a while and have decided to test yourself in the fires of competition. You’re going to go through a emotional roller coaster of highs and lows in the lead up and on the actual day, but here are some tips to make sure you are the one with the hand raised when that bell rings.

1. Train like your life depended on it
There are so many uncontrollable variables when it comes to competing. One that you can control is your own fitness and training. Make sure you are getting into the gym on a regular basis doing classes, bag work, pad rounds, sparring, clinch and conditioning. Different things motivate different people but your will to win should surpass your will to give up. Run that extra kilometer, or do that extra round on the pads because if you aren’t your opponent definitely will be.

2. Listen to your trainers
You may not realize this but your trainer has been with you since the start of the journey. They are there at every class teaching, motivating and working with you. They know your ins and outs, strengths and weaknesses and are a wealth of knowledge when it comes to the fight game. Always listen to there advice before, during and even after the bout. Tune out from the mindless cheer-leading “punches in bunches” from the crowd, and listen out for the valuable advice from your trainers during the bout.

3. Get a good nights rest before game day
Go to bed early the night before. If it’s your first fight then thoughts will race through your mind but its important to quieten down these thoughts and get some much needed rest the night before. You want to feel fresh and energetic in the morning. If you had to cut some weight, make sure you eat healthy even right before the bout. Don’t go out fueling your body with junk food the morning before the day of your big fight!

4. Stay calm and focused
So many different thoughts will race in and out of your mind in the lead up and especially on the morning and day of the fight. Studies have proven that negative self talk and doubt can affect your performance on game day. Stay positive and remind yourself that you have prepared well and are ready for this. When that bell rings and you touch gloves, remember to remain calm and focused even if  your opponent charges at you like a angry bull. Be confident in your skill and ability and stay focused!

5. Do your best
At the end of the day it’s just a inter club. Don’t get too caught up with what might or might not happen. Remember why you started the sport of Muay Thai? It’s because you loved it. Go out there and do your best. Win, lose, or draw at least you know you gave it your all. Leave it all in the ring with no regrets.

Written by Phillip Lai (Owner and Head Muay Thai Coach at Team Nemesis Martial Arts)


Why do people lose MMA fights? By Denis Kelly – Team Nemesis MMA coach and Bjj Blackbelt

Here are my Top Ten Reasons why people lose MMA fights:

1. Training with coaches who don’t understand the sport of MMA. The coach may be skilled in individual areas such as striking or BJJ but lack the ability & experience to prepare fighters properly for MMA.

2. Failing to fix the holes in your game & being too reliant on one skill set. An MMA fighter needs to be skilled in the areas of striking, takedowns & groundwork & be able to combine them. Focusing on only one area at the expense of other skills will leave holes in your game which will be easily exploited by opponents.

3. Jumping into professional level fights too soon without adequate amateur experience. Amateur fights are necessary to develop & build up your skills & experience. Its very important not to fight above your level too soon as a bad loss may be very demoralizing & affect your future training & performance in fights.

4. Failing to get experience in individual combat sports such as kickboxing & BJJ before fighting in MMA. Competing in other combat sports is a good safe way to gain valuable experience & develop your skills so that you are more well rounded & more of a threat when you fight in MMA.

5. Too much Sparring – Focusing exclusively on sparring rather than taking the time to develop your skills in each range. Making an effort to develop your BJJ, Wrestling or Muay Thai skills individually will give you more weapons to use in when you fight.

6. Avoiding MMA sparring – MMA sparring is necessary to simulate what will happen in the fight. Grappling & Kickboxing sparring will only get you so far. MMA sparring is necessary to bridge the gap between ranges & teach you how combine your skills.

7. Too much conditioning training at the expense of skill development training. It won’t matter how good your strength or cardio is if you are making basic mistakes which could lead to losing a fight & which could be corrected with proper technical training.

8. Neglecting your conditioning & hoping that you’ll be able to get by on skills alone. The fighter needs to prepare for the worst case scenario. This means being prepared to push the pace throughout the duration of the fight without being afraid of getting tired.

9. Not getting enough information about their opponent. Fighters need to find out as much information as possible about their upcoming opponent such as their strengths & weaknesses or how they have won or lost their previous fights. This information can give the fighter a huge advantage over the opponent.

10. Inadequate mental preparation – ignoring the nerves & pressure of the upcoming fight until its too late rather than mentally preparing for the fight so that you are ready to deal with the stress before the fight and calm & focused when the fight starts.


2014 Wrap up


2014 has been the biggest year of growth for Team Nemesis MMA Melbourne. Not only did we expand our facilities but also our Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Muay Thai Kickboxing, and Krav Maga programs. From our humble beginnings of training in a small Muay Thai Kickboxing gym in Melbourne with 4 members and 8 mats we have established ourselves as Melbourne’s number one MMA and Martial Arts facility.

The highlight of this year has got to be Jordan Lucas winning Australian Brace Bantamweight Title for Team Nemesis. He started with us when he was 16, told me he wanted to fight and stuck to it. He didn’t make excuses to quit, but made the sacrifices necessary to get him where he is today. I have also enjoyed witnessing the growth and development of many of our younger members progress through the ranks and begin competing. Young guns like Elliott Glenister Daniel Panovski Benjamin Higgins Alex Fotopoulos Kyle King are the future world champions of Team Nemesis Muay Thai Kickboxing Melbourne.

2015 is set to be our biggest year to date with what I’ve got planned. Now that the gym is well established, I’m looking at expanding the Muay Thai Kickboxing / Boxing program in a big way. Team Nemesis Martial arts will become the #1 destination for Muay Thai Melbourne, and Kickboxing Melbourne in a few years to come!

Owner/Muay Thai Coach – Phillip Lai


Team Nemesis Zero 2 Hero Muay Thai Challenge

2 Months ago Team Nemesis launched a Zero 2 Hero Muay Thai challenge. The challenge was to train and produce a beginner and to take them to compete in a novice style Muay Thai inter club competition. In order to participate in the challenge you must have been a novice with zero or 1 inter club bout on your record. The challenge started with a selections day where 12 participants were put through there paces though a series of grueling fitness tests. From this group of 12, 6 participants were chosen to progress to the next round to undergo an intensive training camp to prepare them for competition. Only 1 adult and 1 junior would be selected from this group.

After a intensive 6 week training camp 2 winners were selected to participate in the Novice Muay Thai inter club bout. Braden Tsam and Kyle King were the 2 chosen to progress to the final stages of competition. Both were consistent and trained diligently though out the entire 6 weeks. They were committed to achieving there goals and to represent Team Nemesis in a Muay Thai competition. The competition itself was a novice level event under modified Muay Thai rules, which meant it was semi contact with no elbows and fully padded.

The day had come and it was time to compete. Braden’s match got changed in the last minute to a Kickboxing bout (No kick catching or clinch). Even under the different rule set Braden performed spectacularly, demonstrating superior kicking technique against his opponent. He walked away with a draw decision. Kyle King the 15 year old future world champion to Team Nemesis was one of the most technical bouts of the day. He fought beyond his years and secured a convincing win against a tough opponent. Well done to everyone who participated in the challenge.

This challenge was a first at Team Nemesis and it was a great experience for all involved. At Team Nemesis Melbourne we are a firm believer that Martial Arts is for everyone. We encourage people to set goals and we help them achieve them. Dream big and fight for what you want in life!





Jordan Lucas is the new Brace Bantamweight Champion of Australia

On Saturday 22nd November Jordan Lucas made history for Team Nemesis by becoming its first (hopefully of many) Australian champions. Jordan fought a perfect fight against an experienced opponent winning by submission in the first round. This win was the result of four years of hard work & established Jordan as Australia’s top bantam weight fighter.

Jordan began training at Team Nemesis four years ago at the age of 16 with no prior martial arts experience. Right from the beginning we recognised that he had a great work ethic, never made excuses, never tried to take short cuts & had a real desire to be the best at what he does. Jordan trained consistently from day one & always followed the advice & instructions of his coaches. Phillip Lai & myself have always been confident in our system of training fighters & Jordan followed our system perfectly from the start. He has been learning & developing his skills in the individual martial arts that we teach at the gym (BJJ, Muay Thai, Boxing & Wrestling) & combining them in our fight specific MMA sessions. Jordan also followed our tried & tested fight specific conditioning routine to ensure that he was always in great shape & injury free for every fight.

Another key aspect of our training system is to ensure that fighters progress at a steady rate & don’t rush into risky fights before they are ready. Jordan patiently worked his way up from Interclub sparring competitions to local level fights & before long he was fighting against the best fighters in Australia. Throughout all his fights he was improving his skills & evolving & improving as a fighter & martial artist.

All the hard work & effort paid off when Jordan won the Brace Bantamweight title. The win & his performance in the fight showed what can be accomplished with hard work, dedication & a proper tried & tested system of training & preparation. This is just the beginning for Jordan who has a big future in the world of international MMA.

By Denis Kelly
Team Nemesis MMA and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Black Belt


Team Nemesis Martial Arts expands again

In July 2014 we decided to expand to the factory next door. This meant doubling the floor space, and doubling the classes. The new room would be a fully dedicated striking room for Muay Thai, Kickboxing, and Boxing in Fairfield. It was going to be a big job, but with a lot of hard work and extra hands we go there.


Goodbye Northcote, Hello Fairfield.

We out grew our Northcote facility within a few years and it was time to move to a bigger space. In early June 2013 we began moving into the new Fairfield facility. It took a lot of hours and some serious man power but we finally got there. We had a brand new facility for our Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ), MMA, and Muay Thai Kickboxing classes.